Originally posted February 19, 2015.
Your ability to defend your turf is an ongoing endeavor.
Yesterday, for example, I was reading about the military’s ongoing controversy between the M4 and the M16. For you and me, it comes down to what you’re comfortable handling.
I want you to consider adding an AR-15, to your self-defense arsenal. Think of your self-defense strategy in terms of many different scenarios.
If there’s a bang in the night and I need to move through the house quickly then I’ll go to my 9mm Sig Sauer 226 which is the standard issue Navy SEAL sidearm. And if time and space aren’t an issue, I’ll opt for my Mossberg 590A shotgun.
But I’d also consider my Colt AR-15, especially if I need to defend a position without firing a shot, which I’ll explain in a minute.
The nice thing about my carbine is that it’s light, allowing me to move around with speed. It also has a magazine that holds 30 rounds. And the recoil is nothing.
If you’ve ever shot rounds from a shotgun for five hours straight like I have at Sig Sauer Academy, you know the recoil is painful. I experienced the flinch in anticipation of the next shot—to save my arm/shoulder—wreaking havoc on my accuracy. And reloading with one tired, beaten up arm takes strength and dexterity similar to playing Mozart with one hand while holding the piano up with the other.
My wife Becky can handle the carbine with ease. No flinching. No arm aches. And accurate at close range and at several yards away.
If you ever have to defend your position without firing a shot I’ll put the carbine right up there with the shotgun. Both are intimidating.
We’ve all walked by a police officer with holstered pistol and know that intimidating feeling. But the intimidation of an officer with a carbine slung over his shoulder is much higher. Use that to your advantage.
The psychological game is over before it starts with the carbine.
The M4 and the M16 controversy will continue but don’t let it hinder your ability to defend your turf.
E.J. Smith - Your Survival Guy
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